Soter Vineyards

In the mid-1980s, Tony Soter began working as a consulting winemaker in the Napa Valley, assisting luminaries such as Araujo, Niebaum-Coppola, Shafer, Spottswoode, Viader and Dalla Valle. In 1982, he established his own winery – Etude – where he focused on Pinot Noir and Cabernet Sauvignon of noteworthy caliber and artisan focus. After years of mentoring and encouraging some of Napa Valley's most respected growers and winemakers, he ended his consulting roles to focus exclusively on Soter Vineyards and his family in the Willamette Valley of Oregon. The Soter's sole Estate vineyard today, Mineral Springs Ranch, is a 240-acre savanna-like oak woodland and grazing land located in the Yamhill-Carlton AVA. It is the home to 30 acres of Pinot Noir originally planted in 2002. Two acres of Chardonnay were included in the 2006 plantings and are devoted entirely to method champenoise sparkling wine production. Located just east of the town of Carlton, the ranch is perched on a mesa with gentle slopes and commanding views of the surrounding Yamhill-Carlton District. Our production facilities and hospitality buildings are here as well, allowing us complete control of all operations.

Farming Practice:Practicing Organic

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Planet Oregon Pinot Noir 2016
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91  Vinous Media 
Vinous Media 91 "Brilliant red. Fresh red berries, cinnamon and a hint of woodsmoke on the fragrant nose. Pliant raspberry and cherry cola flavors are braced by tangy acidity and a touch of blood orange. Sappy, penetrating and precise; a jolt of peppery spices enlivens the long, gently tannic
Item Number: 27803
Bottle:$17.95
Case: $215.40
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Soter 'Origins Eola-Amity' Pinot Noir 2012
92  Wine Advocate 
Wine Advocate 92 "The 2012 Eola-Amity Hills Pinot Noir includes 30% whole-cluster fruit and is aged in 25% new French oak, 75% use barrels. It has a complex bouquet with kirsch, redcurrant and orange blossom scents, touches of dried leaves coming through with aeration courtesy of the stems. Later,
Item Number: 23256
Bottle:$39.95
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Soter 'Origins McMinnville' Pinot Noir 2012
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91  Vinous Media 
Wine Spectator 91 "Vibrant purple plum and blackberry flavors play against grippy tannins in this sleek, open-textured and refined Pinot. The elements come together seamlessly on the firm finish. Best from 2016 through 2022. 243 cases made. –HS"  Vinous Media 91 "Dark red. Musky and penetrating
Item Number: 23186
Bottle:$39.95
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Soter 'North Valley' Pinot Noir 2015
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93  James Suckling 
James Suckling 93 "This pinot noir shows such energy with cherries, blueberries and blackcurrants. Full body, silky tannins and a mineral and vibrant finish. What a beautiful wine. Drink or hold. Publish Date: Friday, December 15, 2017"  Tasting Notes "Aromas of ripe, dark fruits like

Soter 'Mineral Springs Ranch' Pinot Noir 2015
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98  James Suckling 
James Suckling 98 JS TOP 100 Rank 46 "Tons of pressed violets and lavender as well as blueberries, plenty of herbs, cedar, almonds and acacia come through on the nose, before ginseng, ivy and slate kick in. The palate is so structured with intense yet velvety tannins and layers of fruit and

North Valley 'Origins' Pinot Noir 2014
96  James Suckling 
James Suckling 96 "Terrific density and intensity here with orange peel, white peaches and strawberries. Full body, great texture and magnificent length. Polished, velvety tannins that remain supple. A wine with great aging potential. Wow. Better in 2019. Publish Date: Thursday, November 3, 2016"

Soter 'North Valley' Rose Pinot Noir 2016
Tasting Notes Electric, light-reflecting, translucent color in the glass. Beautiful aromas of white flowers, crenshaw melon, orange peel and cranberries abound. Very high-toned with great acidity, but with real substance and depth all at once. Additional flavors emerge to include bing cherries,

Planet Oregon Pinot Noir 2015
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92  James Suckling 
James Suckling 92 "Fresh and bright aromas of strawberries and flowers follow through to a medium to full body, fine and juicy tannins and a savory finish. A beauty. From environmentally sustainable grapes. Drink or hold. Publish Date: Wednesday, November 2, 2016"  Vinous Media 90 "Deep red.

Soter 'Mineral Springs Ranch' Pinot Noir 2014
1  James Suckling 
James Suckling 98 Top 100 2016 # 25 "Terrific aromas of strawberries and rose petals with superb energy and vibrance. Full body, incredible power and depth and fabulous balance and intensity. A tightly wound ball of silk. Superb quality here. Better in 2020. Publish Date: Wednesday, November 2,

Soter 'North Valley' Pinot Noir 2014
93  James Suckling 
James Suckling 93 "A vibrant wine with clarity and tension showing dried strawberries and hints of mushroom character. Medium-bodied, fine and focused. Delivers the Oregon pinot noir experience one expects. Drink or hold."  Wine Spectator 90 "Firm and chewy, with a sleek, focused core of cherry

Soter 'Mineral Springs' Brut Rose 2011
92  Vinous Media 
Vinous Media 92 "Light bright orange. Vibrant and sharply focused on the nose, displaying intense red berry, orange zest and floral scents and a smoky mineral overtone. Juicy, spice-tinged red fruit and rose pastille flavors show excellent clarity and pick up a touch of buttered toast with air.

Soter 'North Valley' Rose Pinot Noir 2015
Tasting Notes Electric, light-reflecting, translucent color in the glass. Beautiful aromas of white flowers, crenshaw melon, orange peel and cranberries abound. Very high-toned with great acidity, but with real substance and depth all at once. Additional flavors emerge to include bing cherries,

Soter 'North Valley' Pinot Noir 2013
93  James Suckling 
James Suckling 93 "A vibrant wine with clarity and tension showing dried strawberries and hints of mushroom character. Medium-bodied, fine and focused. Delivers the Oregon pinot noir experience one expects. Drink or hold. Publish Date: Wednesday, November 2, 2016"  Wine Spectator 91 "Velvety

Planet Oregon Pinot Noir 2014
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90  Wine Spectator 
Wine Spectator 90 "Dark and spicy, sleek in texture, with clove and white pepper overtones to the focused blackberry and plum fruit, lingering against hints of tobacco and walnut. Drink now through 2019. 14,000 cases made.–HS"  Vinous Media 89 "Vivid red. Ripe red berries and flowers on the

North Valley 'Origins' Pinot Noir 2012
93  Wine Advocate 
Wine Advocate 93 "The 2012 Yamhill-Carlton District Pinot Noir includes 30% whole-cluster fruit and is aged in 30% new French oak and 70% used. It has a floral nose in a similar vein to the Dundee Hills '12, with rose petals infusing the slightly darker red berry fruit. In the background there are

Soter 'Mineral Springs Ranch' Pinot Noir 2013
92  Vinous Media 
Vinous Media 92 "Brilliant red. Extremely fresh, sharply focused nose displays an array of red fruit and floral qualities and a zesty mineral overtone. Lithe and pure in the mouth, offering a cherry flavor and a sexy lavender pastille note that gains in strength as the wine opens in the glass.

Soter 'North Valley' Reserve Chardonnay 2012
91  Wine Advocate 
Wine Advocate 91 "The 2012 Chardonnay North Valley Reserve comes entirely from Eola-Amity Hills and sees 6% new French oak, 45% in stainless steel with 50% undergoing malolactic fermentation. It has an open bouquet with citrus lemon, orange sorbet and toffee-apple scents coming through with time.

Soter 'Mineral Springs' Brut Rose 2010
"Beautiful, medium rose color with noteworthy clarity. A fine bead in the glass is pronounced, with aromas of cranberry, huckleberry and baked apple at once pleasing. On the palate, the wine is immediately expressive, ad quite dry with tantalizing minerality, yet fresh and juicy all at the same

Planet Oregon Pinot Noir 2012
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Soter 'North Valley' Pinot Noir 2012
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92  Vinous Media 
Vinous Media 92 "Brilliant red. An expansive, aromatic bouquet evokes ripe dark berries, plum and Indian spices. Takes a brighter turn on the palate to offer juicy raspberry and bitter cherry flavors, along with suggestions of spicecake and candied rose. Suave and seamless in texture, finishing

Soter 'Mineral Springs Ranch' Pinot Noir 2012
95  Wine Spectator 
Wine Spectator 95 "Vibrant and multilayered, offering black cherry, red plum, sassa- fras and dead leaf flavors on a long and silky frame. The gorgeous flavors float through the finish. Drink now through 2022. From Oregon."   " Mineral Springs has an extremely compelling confluence of prime

Soter 'Mineral Springs Ranch' Pinot Noir 2012
95  Wine Spectator 
Wine Spectator 95 WS TOP 100 2014 Rank 17 "Vibrant and multilayered, offering black cherry, red plum, sassa-fras and dead leaf flavors on a long and silky frame. The gorgeous flavors float through the finish. Drink now through 2022. From Oregon." ~ HS  " Mineral Springs has an extremely

Soter 'Mineral Springs Ranch' Pinot Noir 2011
92  Stephen Tanzer 
Stephen Tanzer 92 "Vivid ruby-red. Sexy, highly perfumed aromas of redcurrant, cherry, floral oils and minerals. At once silky and penetrating, offering vibrant red fruit and bitter blood orange flavors that gain sweetness with air. The mineral note comes back strong on the persistent finish,

Soter 'North Valley' Pinot Noir 2011
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92  Wine Advocate 
Wine Advocate 92 "Soter’s 2011 Pinot Noir North Valley brilliantly showcases its vintage’s virtues, as well as confirms his and Cahill’s belief in its superiority to 2010. A silken texture is allied to animation, brightness and refreshment; sweetly ripe though tart-edged and piquantly pit-inflected

Soter 'North Valley' Rose Pinot Noir 2011
First and foremost, Tony and Michelle Soter are Pinot Noir lovers.   And as a Pinot Noir lover, Tony has dedicated much of his career to producing versatile, seductively aromatic, and affordable Pinot Noir by blending fruit from numerous sites. His Etude Carneros Pinot Noir has become a beloved